"Starnight '95" was just what the doctor ordered to raise money for Harford Memorial and Fallston general hospitals. Nearly 600 people gathered under immense white tents for an evening under the stars.
Those attending started with a cocktail party before being seated to dine on food prepared by Charles Levine Caterers, then danced to the music of the Marge Calhoun band. People were having so much fun that many continued dancing while country star Kathy Mattea performed.
The party was held on the grounds of the Harford County home of co-chairmen Nancy and Randy Worthington. He's vice chairman of the Board for Upper Chesapeake Health System, U.C.H.S., which represents both hospitals and is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Among those at the party were Donna and Lyle Sheldon (he's the new CEO of U.C.H.S.); Dr. Richard E. Schneider and his wife, Melissa (he's chairman of the U.C.H.S. board); Dr. Jim Block and his wife, Molly, and Rooney and Ron Peterson, Hopkins representatives; State Secretary. of Health Martin Wasserman and his wife, Barbara; State Sen. Bill Amoss; Delegate Jim Harkins; Harford County Executive Eileen Rehrmann; Foundation chairwoman Shirley Klein and her husband, Ralph; Dr. Dean Vassar and his wife, Ann; and Carolyn and Bill Acker (he's with Price Waterhouse and treasurer of the board).
No word yet on how much money was raised, but I'm told the hospitals will be happy.
Another fabulous function took place at the Maryland Science Center, where guests celebrated the new permanent exhibit, Beyond Numbers, at the glitzy Solstice 95: Mathemagic. Chairwoman of this major fund raiser for the center was the bubbly Barbara Bozzuto, who certainly knows how to throw a party. One might say that this one was a labor of love for her, since her husband, Tom, CEO of the Bozzuto Group, recently became chairman of the board at the center.
Others who helped make Solstice a success were Fred D'Alessio, president of Consumer Service for Bell Atlantic; Gary and Susan DiCamillo, president of Power Tools & Accessories for Black & Decker; Jim Sellinger and George Kirkley, IBM executives who helped get the grant money which made the Beyond Numbers exhibit a reality; Dana and Jim Brinkley (he's president of Legg Mason and on the center's board of trustees); BGE's Bruce Ambler, who serves on the center's board of directors, and his wife, Peggy, who worked on the Solstice event planning committee; and Meg and Sam Woodside (he's president of E.I.L. Instruments and serves on the board as well as the Solstice committee).
The 1995 Maryland Arts Festival at Towson State University will begin its 14th season tomorrow night with a star-studed cast performing hits from "Sunset Boulevard," "Les Miserables," "Tommy," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Miss Saigon." The festival will continue through the end of July and offers an array of events to attend -- "Shirley Valentine," starring Maravene Loeschke; an art opening of the works of Susan Waters-Eller; an opera and ballet lecture and film series, featuring operas "Rusticana Cavalleria" and "I Pagliacci"; the ballet "Swan Lake"; and "Cosi fan tutte" and "Macbeth" will be shown; "Jesus Christ Superstar"; a performance by mezzo-soprano Carole Tracie Luck and ending with clown Tom Dougherty, formerly with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Call (410) 830-2787 for times, dates and cost of tickets.
It's time for the annual College Manor Lawn Party and Concert. Tomorrow, the grounds will open at 5 p.m. and you are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring blankets or folding chairs. The 40-piece 229th Maryland Army National Guard Concert Band, under the direction of CW2 David Bruner, will begin playing at 6 p.m.
Last year, this free concert attracted nearly 1,000 people to grounds of College Manor, an assisted living facility on Seminary Avenue in Lutherville. Old-timers will remember that College Manor was once Maryland College for Women, owned by William H. "Dinty" Moore III, and the place is still owned and operated by members of his family.